Oxford African History Celebration (OAHC) 2017

Oxford African History Celebration (OAHC) 2017

Oxford African History Month

Saturday 18th November; From 2.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.

Venue: Church Hall of the NT Church of God, Between Towns Road, Cowley, Oxford. (Next to Cowley Social/Pool Club).


With the release of October’s Race Disparity Audit (RDA) from the Prime Minister, and the September publication of the Lammy Review, into the unacceptable treatment of African heritage people in the criminal justice system.  The report reveals devastatingly limited life chances for English people of African heritage.  The aim of this year’s OAHC 2017 is to create a regional organisation which responds to the concerns of English Born People of African Caribbean Heritage (EBPACH).     ALL are welcome to attend and share. 

Oxford African History Month


2.00 pm: Welcome Presentation and Introduction

(1)  2.15- 3.15 pm: Presentation and Discussion: Nigeria

Artwell’s paper on Nigeria; Oil Rich, Bright confident people with the largest population in Africa.  What can the history of independent Nigerian governments teach us today about African nation building?

3.15 – 4.00 p.m. Book Review:

Book 1: “Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race” by Reni Eddo-Lodge

Longlisted for the Baillie-Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction 2017

A timely and essential new framework on how to see, acknowledge and counter racism. It is a searing and illuminating exploration of what it is to be a person of colour in Britain today.

Book 2: “Single, Spiritual …… and Sexual” by Cezanne Taharqa Poetess.

The compelling story of the search, by an English born woman of Caribbean heritage, for spirituality and love.

Book 3: “Britain’s Black Debt. Reparations for Caribbean Slavery and Native Genocide by Sir Hilary Beckles, Vice -Chancellor of the University of the West Indies and chairman of the CARICOM Reparations Committee. This is the first scholarly work to look comprehensively at the reparations discussion in the Caribbean, and is required reading for all African heritage people.

Oxford African History Month

4.00 – 4.30 p.m. Tea break

(2) 4.30 – 5.30 p.m.    Here today, but what is the vision for tomorrow?

With the march of a far less caring social society, and with the advance of urban gentrification, EBPACH require specific leadership.  However, EBPACH have no national speakers or representative; no national Charity; no national political organisation; no cultural or spiritual leadership.

The Russell Group of Universities employ very few EBPACH as academics, and those with higher educational qualifications struggle to gain employment commensurate with their knowledge. According to the recent Lammy Review, chaired by Rt Hon David Lammy MP, our youth account for 41% of the prison population and the Treasury spends £300 million annually incarcerating our neglected youth.

Local people (pastors and activists) have been asked to speak for ten minutes on the position EBPACH hold in English society today, and express their future vision for EBPACH.

5:30 – 6.30 p.m. Caribbean Curry Goat, Fruit & Drink to purchase

(3) 6.30 – 7.15 p.m.  Discussion: How can African, Caribbean heritage people protect their children from Secularism?

African and Caribbean people have embraced the Bible and the Koran.  How should African Caribbean heritage people protect their children from the demands of aggressive secularism which opposes the Creator in favour of Darwin’s theory; and with the teaching of practices opposed in the Bible and the Koran.  What should be the correct response of African Caribbean heritage people?

Oxford African History Month

(4)   7.15 – 7 45 p.m. The Life and enormous contribution to music of

QUINCY JONES: Big Band Leader; Trumpeter, Film Scores, Off the Wall.

(5)             7:45 – 8:30 p.m. Presentation and Discussion

Artwell’s Paper on how African American males are presented in the Media, by looking at the extraordinary life of the Boxing champion, MIKE TYSON.

Reference: Mike Tyson’s “Undisputed Truth: My Autobiography”

8:30 – 9.00 p.m. Final call for activists

Food, networking, greeting strangers, with background music.For further info contact: Email:  artwellcampaign@gmail.com ; Mob: 0775 78 12 449

This event is Free, but OAHC would appreciate your generosity in donating to help with our campaigns.  The NT Church has given their premises without charge and OAHC would like to contribute to their funds.

Photos from Twitter.

It’s Okay To Call The Brexit A Racial Problem


Across the pond, the United States is enduring social and political crisis as fascinating as it is heartbreaking. Minority Americans are feeling marginalized and in some cases directly persecuted – not purely by Donald Trump or the far-right takeover of government, but by the social atmosphere those things permit and encourage. Police brutality against African-Americans was never properly addressed; Muslim-Americans are practically shunned (if not criminalized); Hispanic and Muslim immigrants from around the world are not welcomed. All of this has led to a sort of era of demonstration and peaceful protest that can almost make you admire the American spirit all over again, even if you’ve lost your appreciation for the nation itself.

In the UK, similar social issues have come to light, though they’ve been a little bit less striking. We have not seen neo-Nazis marching in the streets as we saw in the States, and the UK does not have a leader publicly criticizing professional athletes for protesting racial injustice. Yet more than a year after the Brexit referendum that caught the attention of what seemed like the entire world and then stunned that international community with its result, it’s become fairer to call the situation a racial problem. To be clear, no one is assuming all Brexit voters, or even most of them, harbour racist tendencies. Many admitted to voting almost jokingly, some were concerned about economics, and even those specifically hoping for tighter immigration policies may not have fully realised what that meant for the social climate.

The fundamental issue is that the Brexit was about as loud and clear an isolationist statement as a modern nation could possibly make. Donald Trump gets a lot of international attention for his “America First” policy outlook. But when you think about it, the UK has gone much further with this attitude by actually voting to break away from the world – or at least from its own continent. The Brexit is a declaration of the self-sufficiency of the UK, and by extension its people. The truth is that those people now hail from an untold variety of ethnic, religious, racial, and cultural backgrounds. But to a conservative white British person who believes immigration has hurt his country, this is apparently difficult to recognize. For such a person, the Brexit isn’t just about British independence from Europe, but about white independence from other.

That might sound to some like heated rhetoric or even a reckless assumption. Sadly, however, the data backs it up – and that’s why it’s time to call the Brexit what it is. We learned this past spring that over a third of black, Asian, and minority ethnic (Bame) people have been racially abused or have witnessed racist abuse since the time of the vote. This revelation came from a study by the Trades Union Congress, which also find that racist material has become more prevalent online and that 41 percent of Bame people have “heard racist remarks” since the referendum. These are unacceptable numbers that demonstrate the depth of a problem that seems to be bigger than its coverage.

Knowing all of this, the UK appears to be in very similar shape to the United States, despite the absence of internationally newsworthy events. It is now okay – if not vital – to call the Brexit a racial problem.

Sabina Ddumba – Swedish singer known for Gospel and Soul

Sabina Ddumba

Source: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Sabina Ddumba
Sabina Ddumba in 2015.jpg

Ddumba at Allsång på Skansen in 2015

Sabina Ddumba, (born 23 February 1994) is a Swedish singer. Ddumba grew up in Fisksätra, Nacka. Her music has soul, gospel, and R&B influences. Ddumba was a backing vocalist on Katy Perry’s song “Walking on Air” and has collaborated with artists such as the hip-hop band Looptroop Rockers, duo Lorentz & Sakarias and Adam Kanyama. She is signed to Warner Music. Ddumba released her first single, “Scarred for Life”, in 2014, and her second single, “Effortless” in 2015. Both were certified platinum. Ddumba appeared in Moraeus med mera in 2014 and performed at Grammisgalan in 2015. She performed at the 2015 Swedish Grammys, and recently won ‘Newcomer of the Year’ at the 2016 P3 Gold Awards.

Early life

Sabina Ddumba was born on 23 February 1994 in Fisksätra, Nacka. She is the sixth out of eight children. Her mother is Ugandan, and when she was eight years old, her mother moved back to Uganda. After listening to traditional Ugandan nursery rhymes and songs, she became interested in melody and phrasing. She has been writing songs on and off since the age of 10. At the age of fourteen, she joined the Tensta Gospel Choir and sang with the group for about six years. It was through this choir that she found singing was her vocation. Her father and relatives, however, wanted her to pursue a more scholarly profession, such as a doctor.

Musical Influences

Ddumba was inspired by the Ugandan nursery rhymes and songs she heard as a child. She also grew up listening to the hip-hop and R&B of the late 1990s. As her family was religious, the gospel music she heard in church on Sundays has also greatly influenced her musical style. Her time with the Tensta Gospel Choir strengthened the influence that gospel music has had on her work.


Ddumba participated in The X Factor Sverige in 2012. Also in 2012, she sang on Adam Kanyama’s track, “The Golden Child” and collaborated with the duo Lorentz & Sakarias. In 2013 she sang background vocals for Katy Perry’s single “Walking On Air”, which was featured on Perry’s album, Prism. The same year she collaborated with hip-hop group Looptroop Rockers on their song “Sea of Death”. In 2014 she released her first single, “Scarred for Life”. After the release of this single, in 2015 she signed with Warner Music. In 2015, Ddumba released her second single, “Effortless”, which was certified platinum in Sweden. The song was co-written with Carmen Reece, and produced by Nick Ruth and T-Collar. Her latest single, “Not Too Young” was 30 October 2015. This single was certified double platinum. In February 2015, Ddumba performed at the Swedish Grammys. In 2016, she performed “Not Too Young” at the P3 Gold Awards, winning the award for Newcomer of the Year. Ddumba will be releasing a follow-up single to “Not Too Young” titled “Not Too Young Pt. II”, which will be produced by Wolf Cousins.

Donna Kinnair, Director of Nursing, Policy and Practice, Royal College of Nirsing

Donna Kinnair, Director of Nursing, Policy and Practice

Dame Donna Kinnair
Dame Professor Donna Kinnair, joined the RCN as head of Nursing in 2015, providing leadership to the Nursing departments. Donna was then promoted and joined the RCN Executive Team to Director of Nursing, Policy and Practice in 2016, where her key role is to work with UK-wide RCN staff to drive and implement the future RCN professional nursing, policy and practice strategy.

Prior to joining the RCN Donna held various roles, including Clinical Director of Emergency Medicine at Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals Trust; Executive Director of Nursing, Southeast London Cluster Board; Director of Commissioning, London Borough of Southwark & Southwark PCT. She was the Strategic Commissioner for Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham Health Authority’s Children’s Services.

Donna advised the PM’s Commission on the future of Nursing and Midwifery in 2010 and served as nurse/child health assessor to the Victoria Climbié Inquiry.

She was quoted in a BBC article last year, NHS staffing levels lagging behind workload.

Dame Donna Kinnair, of the Royal College of Nursing, said the “meagre” increase in vital nursing staff was hard to understand and argued that it reflected recruitment failures in earlier years.

“The government must commit to train and retain more nurses to ensure patients receive the care they deserve.”

Our Reading List

The Black Women in Europe™ Reading List is a work in progress.

If you are a sister in Europe and have published a book that has not been included please let me know by sending the information to contact@blackwomenineurope.com or by leaving that information in the comments below.

Some of the titles on our list have been written by men, but they speak to our collective experience. Happy reading.

To Exist is to Resist – Call for Submissions

To Exist is to Resist: Black Feminism in Europe

black feminism

This edited collection will explore how women of colour:

  • Theorize Black feminism and womanism from European perspectives
  • Build and sustain activist spaces for survival and resistance
  • Challenge, subvert and transform socialist, feminist, populist and/or anarchist politics
  • Develop transnational alliances and intersectional and intergenerational coalitions for equality and social justice
  • Engage with creative practice as a means of activism and self-preservation

We have an agreement in principle from Pluto Press to publish this edited collection.


We seek 3,000-5,000 word chapters (including bibliography) in English from activists, practitioners, artists, students, and scholars by Monday, 18th September 2017.

If you’re interested in contributing a chapter, please contact Akwugo Emejulu.


Nigger in the woodpile. Say what?

Source: Black Women in Europe™ Social Media Group

A Conservative MP has been suspended from the party after it emerged she used a racist expression during a public discussion about Brexit.

Ms Morris has been MP for Newton Abbot since 2010

According to the British Broadcasting Corporation  Anne Marie Morris, the MP for Newton Abbot, used the phrase at an event in London to describe the prospect of the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

Don’t believe me? Click on the image below to listen to her say it courtesy of the Huffington Post UK:

Why in the world would Morris say,

Now we get to the real nigger in the woodpile

when suggesting that just 7% of financial services would be affected by Brexit is beyond me. And apparently beyond the grasp of PM May who acted swiftly saying,

“I immediately asked the chief whip to suspend the party whip,” she said in a statement. “Language like this has absolutely no place in politics or in today’s society.”  (source : BBC) That’s a no-brainer but was a necessary statement and move.

And it didn’t stop there.

Leader Tim Farron said he was “shocked” and called for her to be suspended from the parliamentary party. “This disgusting comment belongs in the era of the Jim Crow laws and has no place in our Parliament,” he said. (source: BBC)

Now why is this a big deal?  The BBC breaks it down like this:

The phrase originated in the American Deep South in the mid-19th Century and is thought to have referred to slaves having to conceal themselves as they sought to flee north and secure their freedom.

It was subsequently used in the 20th Century – including by a number of leading novelists – as a metaphor to describe a hidden fact or problem.

This is another example why The Black Women in Europe™ Social Media Group non-profit is vital. We face attacks like this daily whether others see or hear them or not. It is not in our heads. It is a reality.

You can support us by making a donation and by submitting the names to contact@bwiesmg.org of organizations across Europe that support black women as we build the most comprehensive directory of its kind.